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Cathy Dugan


Aviator Kennel was founded in 1987 with a goal of producing dogs who are healthy, consistently high-quality and are placed with homes where dogs are treasured and loved. Aviator has produced Dalmatians since 1987 and Portuguese Water Dogs since 1995. Well over 300 dogs have been placed in the United States and around the world including England, Denmark, France, South Africa, Brazil, China, Australia and Germany.

Aviator has produced over 175 champions in both breeds with multiple National Specialty and Regional Specialty winners.

Cathy Dugan is an American Kennel Club Judge for Dalmatians, Portuguese Water Dogs, Rottweilers, Boxers and All-breed Junior Showmanship. She is in process for approval for judging another dozen breeds.


Annual Review 2015 Aviator Kennel
2015 was a year of great success
and great sadness.

Of the five PWDs invited to compete at Westminster in 2016, three are Aviator dogs:

ACE, GCH CH Aviators Blackjack Legacy RN COCA, owned by John and Sarah Brock, GA.

ODIN, GCH CH Asta’s Nyte Flyte COC (Ladybug’s grandson) owned by Jo Belton and Bill
Waters, NV.

MANLEY, GCH CH Aviators Lady’s Man De Remis, owned by Remy Smith-Lewis and Julie Conger, CA.

Of the Top Twenty PWDs for 2015, six are Aviator dogs:

ACE, ODIN and MANLEY, plus:

PIRATE, GCH CH Aviators Legacy Of A Bygone Era, owned by Jolene and Jerry Simons, CA.

FRIDA, GC CH Aviators Artistic Freedom, owned by Mark Ulrich, MO.

MIKEY, GC CH Baywatch Symphony Of The Sea, (Anchor’s son) owned by Deb and Dave Rotenberg, PA.

For 2015, all of the #1 ranked PWDs (breed) have been Aviator dogs:

ACE - #1 Jan-June.

ODIN, #1 July.

MANLEY, #1 August-December.

Major Competition:
BEST OF BREED, World Dog Show, Milan, Italy:

SONHO. CH Aviators Renaissance Of A Bygone Era, owned by Peter and Silke Schmidt, GER.
Nearly 30,000 dogs were entered at this year’s World Dog Show.

BEST OF BREED, PWD Nationals Specialty:

Won by MANLY in Michigan.

BEST OF BREED, PWD Regional Specialties Northern and Southern California:

Both won by MANLY.

New Champions 2015:

ABIGAIL, CH Aviator s Girl Gone Wild, owned by Bill and Elena Howard, ID.

DEJA, CH Aviators Encore Of A Bygone Era, owned by Mike and Cathy Dugan, CA.

ADDY, CH Aviators Enduring Freedom, owned by Don and Donna Bostwick, CA.

LALIQUE, CH Aviators Lucky Lady At Spyglass, owned by Mile and Cathy Dugan, CA.

KEELER, CH Aviators Reflections Of A Bygone Era, owned by Bill and Toni McHugh, CAN.

MIKEY, GCH CH Baywatch Symphony Of The Sea, owned by Deb and Dave Rotenberg, PA.

ANCHOR crosses the Rainbow Bridge.

Sadly, we lost ANCHOR, CH Aviators Anchors Aweigh this year; he was nearly 14 years old. Anchor was our great friend, companion and mentor. He taught us what a PWD should be: dignified yet playful, immensely affectionate yet reserved, intelligent yet mischievous, magnificent to view yet still a puppy at heart, and a determined persistent stud dog. He loved being a stud dog and became the progenitor of the breed in his lifetime producing over 70 down line champions to date.

But, above all, Anchor was our friend, our heart dog. Whatever we have done as breeders, it all came back to this wonderful person it gave us unconditional love, affection and loyalty. We will never see his like again and we will miss him in the future as much as we do right now.


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